The Port of Yantian will fully reopen and resume normal operations after an outbreak of COVID-19 caused it to shutdown earlier in June.
According to Hutchison Ports Yantian, China’s biggest export gateway and third busiest port has been able to reopen after government restrictions were lifted.
“Currently, COVID-19 has been effectively under control in the port area, and the operation capacity of the terminals have steadily recovered,” Hutchison Ports Yantian said.
“It is now decided that from 00:00 on June 24, YANTIAN will resume full operations.
“Yantian will continue to strictly implement epidemic prevention, control measures and promote production in a safe and orderly manner.”
All berths, including the West Port are, will resume normal operations and the number of laden gate-in tractors will be increased to 9,000 per day, and the pickup of empty containers and import containers remain normal.
The COVID-19 outbreak and subsequent congestion caused a substantial number of vessels to bypass the Port and others in the Shenzhen region.
Consequently, blank sailings increased by 300% in one month and industry experts have warned of ripple effects across the supply chain, with even best-case scenarios suggesting it could take several weeks to process the backlog of containers.